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OSU third, crowns two champs

EUGENE — Senior Travis Gardner and junior Kyle Bressler earned decisions in their championship matches at heavyweight and 197 pounds, respectively, to win individual titles at the Pac-10 Championships Monday, leading the Beavers to third place with 106 points.

Boise State won with 152.5 points, and Stanford scored 106.. Arizona State was fourth at 103, and Oregon placed ninth with 59.

Bressler and No. 1-seeded Jason Trulson of Arizona State wrestled a close match. It was scoreless through the first period before Trulson earned a point on an escape early in the second round. Bressler tied things up at 1:40 in the third before nearly securing the 3-1 win on a takedown that was ruled out of bounds right before time expired.

In overtime, Bressler controlled the situation, earning a takedown and the Pac-10 title.

Having earned a forfeit when the two teams met in January, Gardner and No. 5 Mitchell Monteiro of Cal State-Bakersfield met for the first time with Monteiro taking a 2-0 lead on a reversal halfway through the second round.

Gardner earned the escape to narrow the gap to one point before a reversal secured a 3-2 win for Gardner.

No. 4 seed Chris Platt, who competed at Eagle Point and North Medford in high school, placed seventh for the Beavers at 174 pounds, pinning former Crater wrestler Ron Lee, now with Oregon, in 3:45. Lee placed eighth.

It was Platt's second straight pin of Lee, the other coming in a season-ending dual meet.

Another former Crater competitor, Charlie Alexander, placed fourth at 285, losing the third-place match to top-seeded Nick Smith of Boise State.

At 184, Stanford's Zack Giesen, a North Valley product, was caught on his back by 10th-ranked Ian Murphy of Cal State Fullerton, and lost by fall for just the third time this season.

Giesen, who placed fourth, was pinned in 58 seconds, and hopes to return to the NCAA Championships as a wild card selection.

The NCAA Championships will be held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis March 20-22.